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Unemployment drops to 8.0 percent

Unemployment drops to 8.0 percent

ATLANTA -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate fell to 8.0 percent in August.

That's down six-tenths of a percentage point from 8.6 percent in July.

In Clayton County, the unemployment rate was 10.3 percent in August.

The Georgia Department of Labor said the decrease was due to fewer layoffs and a spike in the number of jobs.

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I-85, Ga. 400 roadwork resumes this weekend

I-85, Ga. 400 roadwork resumes this weekend

ATLANTA -- Georgia Department of Transportation crews plan to resume roadwork on northbound Interstate 85 this weekend.

If it doesn't rain, crews will work -- and close two lanes of I-85 in the process -- on the Georgia 400 Interchange project. The work will take place between Piedmont Road and Georgia 400 Saturday and Sunday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

"The weather is questionable. We will just have to wait and see if we can work, but if we do, traffic on I-85 north at 400 is going to be heavy," said GDOT Metro District Construction Engineer Shun Pringle.

Drivers on Sidney Marcus Boulevard, Cheshire Bridge Road, Lenox Road and Buford Highway may also be affected by the project.

In other parts of the city, the HOV lanes on I-75 in both directions will be closed between Mount Paran Road and Langford Parkway for overhead sign work.

The I-85 north ramp to I-75 north on Atlanta's south side will be closed for bridge work. GDOT will have a detour in place.

One suspect in Clayton County girl's abduction due in court

UPDATE: The arrest warrant for one of the suspects in the Clayton County abduction of 14-year-old Ayvani Hope Perez has been released.

It gives details, of how she was taken, the discussion of ransom with the family and how the kidnappers released her.

The affidavit comes from an FBI special agent, writing an arrest warrant for 29-year-old Wildrego Jackson.

Click here to read details of how the girl was taken and how police got her back



ELLENWOOD, Ga. -- One of the suspects in the abduction of a Clayton County teen is scheduled to make a first court appearance today.

2012 drug charges against Ayvani's mother dropped

UPDATE: Ayvani Hope Perez, the Clayton County teen missing for two days, has been found alive in Conyers. Two suspects were taken into custody, but the FBI says the two suspects from the police sketch remain at large.

Read more on the teen found here and the latest on the investigation.


ELLENWOOD, Ga. -- The search continues for a missing 14-year-old girl and the two men suspected of kidnapping her from her home in the middle of the night.

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Weekend roadwork moves off the interstate

Weekend roadwork moves off the interstate

(WXIA) -- Weekends usually mean lots and lots of interstate traffic in metro Atlanta.

But this weekend, the weather will be gorgeous and much of the roadwork will move off the highways.

"We didn't really plan to avoid work on the interstates this weekend. It just turned out that the contractors didn't schedule any," said Georgia Department of Transportation Metro District Construction Engineer Shun Pringle. "We will likely be back out there next weekend though."

A few interstate projects are still in the works. On I-285, maintenance crews will close two rights lanes from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. nightly to replace concrete slabs. Those closures will happen southbound from Cascade Road to Langford Parkway and northbound from Hollowell Parkway to South Cobb Drive.

Clayton State Wins Smoky Mountain Intercollegiate

SEVIERVILLE, TN - The Clayton State men's golf team opened the season with an impressive performance, winning the 18-team Smoky Mountain Intercollegiate in Sevierville, TN.

After shooting a 2-under par 286 in the opening round Monday, the Lakers shot a two-over par 292 today to capture the team title. The Lakers won by seven shots over Queens, who finished with rounds of 294 and 291. Lee University and North Georgia tied for third, followed by Limestone rounding out the top five.

 The Lakers were led by a pair of players, competing in their first collegiate tournament. Freshman Patrick Kim tied for second in the event with a 2-under par score of 142 on the 7,034-yard course. He fired a 3-under par 69 in the final round. Lee's Matt Emory was the low medalist at 3-under par (70-71).

Redshirt sophomore Keith Egan, who shot a 69 on Monday, followed up his impressive debut with a 74 on Tuesday, tying for fifth in the tournament.